Press Release Article


Date: Apr 18, 2005
Press Release Number: 40-2005

Port Authority Staff from John F. Kennedy International Airport Also Will Hold Earth Day Cleanup on Jamaica Bay Shoreline

The Port Authority has donated $5,000 to the nonprofit American Littoral Society to support the organization’s annual cleanup program in the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary. The donation will help provide materials needed for the cleanup.

In addition, Port Authority staff at John F. Kennedy International Airport will hold its own cleanup day on April 22 on the Jamaica Bay shoreline near one of the airport’s runways.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “We’re proud to be a part of beach cleanup efforts, which continue our strong commitment to local environmental issues, especially regarding our local waterways. Our agency is a sponsor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hudson-Raritan Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Study, and we also serve on the Management Committee for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Harbor Estuary Program.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “We are pleased to support this important program by the American Littoral Society, and we also should note our commitment to this issue extends beyond providing financial assistance. Over the years, Port Authority staff has collected and disposed of tons of garbage and debris from our beaches and shorelines, and we have facilitated and provided for the disposal of hundreds of abandoned boats that otherwise would have had an adverse impact on Jamaica Bay. This tradition continues this year on Earth Day, April 22, when staff from JFK will volunteer its time to clean a two-mile stretch of Jamaica Bay shoreline.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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